Police Welcome Fans to Middlesbrough Ahead of Tomorrow's Middlesbrough FC v Sunderland AFC Match
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This weekend will see the arrival of football supporters into Middlesbrough as two North East clubs come together at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday 4th February.
Police and partners have been working closely with both clubs; Middlesbrough FC and Sunderland AFC to plan for the large-scale event with the aim of everyone being able to have a safe and enjoyable day.
This planning helps police and both football clubs, aswell as transport providers and local authorities, ensure that those attending the game can do so safely whilst also keeping disruption to a minimum for other members of the public.
There will be a large police presence in and around the Middlesbrough town centre area, which will see officers engaging with the public and helping to support and direct fans arriving for the match and leaving after the game.
Resources will also include colleagues from Northumbria Police who will bring Mounted Section officers, British Transport Police and Durham Constabulary and volunteers from Cleveland Special Constabulary.
T/Superintendent Paul Richardson said: “With around 32,000 people expected to attend the game this weekend, we know it will be a busy day in Middlesbrough. We also know that the majority of supporters come to the game to enjoy the match in a responsible manner.
“Ultimately, as a police force and in conjunction with our partners, we just want to help make sure that everyone can attend safely, experience the game in a fun and friendly atmosphere and make it home safely afterwards.
“Anyone who intends to use the game as an excuse to cause disorder will be dealt with robustly and those people could find themselves with a banning order or facing a criminal prosecution.
“Our thanks in advance to those attending the match for a fun and enjoyable day. Our officers will be at the game to help make it a safe event for all. Please do approach them and engage with them if you see them.”
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